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US Open Final Round

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Well the 109th US Open is finally in the books. Congratulations to Lucas Glover whose final round 3 over par 73 was good enough for a total of 276 and a 2 stroke win. At T2 it was Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes all at 278. Phil made a run and was in contention for a playoff but bogeys at 15 and 17 ruined his day. Still a valiant effort considering all the stress he has been under these past few weeks. Ross Fisher was alone in 5th place with a score of 279. In the T6 spot was Tiger Woods, Soren Hansen and Hunter Mahan all at even par 280. Henrik Stensen took the 9th spot with a 281. And rounding out the top ten at T10 it was Rory McIlroy, Matt Bettencourt, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore, Stephen Ames and Mike Weir at 282.

J.B. Holmes was the Driving Distance leader at a 4 day average of 303.5 yards. Francesco Molinari led the field in Driving Accuracy with a 4 day average of 85.71%. Ross Fisher led in Greens In Regulation with a 4 day average of 76.39%. In Sand Saves France’s Thomas Levet was 100%, but he only found the sand twice, I felt the more impressive stat was Ross Fisher who found the sand 9 times and saved it 8 for a 4 day total of 88.89%. Course the idea is not to find the sand at all so people can argue over that one at the local watering hole. Birdie leader was David Duval with 19, followed closely by Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan with 17. There were 8 eagles scored this year, one each by Ricky Barnes, Phil Mickelson, Ross Fisher, Vijay Singh, Kevin Sutherland, Gary Woodland, Gonzalo Fernando-Castano and Simon Dyson.

US Open Round 3

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

At the end of round 3 Ricky Barnes held onto to a 1 shot lead over Lucas Glover. At one point he was 11 under par but he had a rather up and down rough round and ended with a bogey at 18.

All things considered it was a relatively quiet day, more about players having a bad day than anyone player standing out as having a good day. Phil shot a 1 under par to put himself into position and Tiger shot a 2 under par to move up a little.

Round 4 started as soon as possible after round 3 was completed and the weather forecast has called for the rain to diminish for the Monday finish. As of this writing some of the players have finished round 4 and the leaders have made the turn. Ricky Barnes is having a rough day today so far but he still has a lot of golf left so he could yet turn it back around. Lucas Glover is the current leader; Phil has moved into T2 with Mahan and Barnes and is 2 shots back. Tiger has moved into the T7 slot but only has a couple holes left to play.

US Open Round 2

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Congratulations to Ricky Barnes who has the lowest 36 hole score on record for the 109 years of the US Open. Some are now calling the course a pushover, I would beg differ and believe that Mr. Barnes has earned his place in history, he is there in the books now regardless. He shot 67/65 for a 132.

Alone in 2nd place is Lucas Glover 1 shot back shooting 69/64 for a 133, and also alone in 3rd is Mike Weir shooting 64/70 for a 134. The trio of Peter Hansen, David Duval and Azuma Yana are T4 with 137’s to their credit. Five players are T7 to round out the top 10; those are Lee Westwood, Todd Hamilton, Ross Fisher, Sean O’Hair and Nick Taylor who are all at 138.

Phil Mickelson is at even par T12, Tiger Woods is T34 at +3; the cut fell at +4 and includes exactly 60 players. Normally it is the low 60 and ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead, but due to Ricky Barnes tremendous play it just turned out that exactly 60 players made the cut. Some of the big names left out are Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els, David Toms, Matt Kuchar, Miguel Angel Jiminez, Boo Weekley, Nick Watney and Zach Johnson. Freddy Funk who nearly withdrew from this year’s competition due to pain in his surgically repaired right knee birdied the final hole to make the cut on the number.

Tournament officials seem to be doing everything in their power to end the tournament on Sunday with a 7:30 start and all but 21 have players have at least started the 3rd round. They will be playing from the front nine and the back nine at the same time. So if the weather cooperates they should be able to finish.

Stat leaders who survived the cut: Driving Distance Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero are tied at exactly 300 yards, 5 players are at 100% in Driving Accuracy those being Molinari, Mahan, Choi, Mayfair & Mclardy, and 6 players are at 100% in GIR those being Stricker, Goosen, Mahan, Holmes, Cabrera and Mayfair. Of course those are incomplete as some players haven’t started their 3rd round and Choi for instance has only played 1 hole in the 3rd but he is officially listed at 100% in driving accuracy.

Sources:, NBC Sports, The Golf Channel